Annalyn’s Corner: Not Just a Freak! Aoyama-kun and Assumptions

Welcome back to my corner, folks! First, let me apologize for just disappearing. I even stopped replying to comments, something I feel a bit bad about. But I needed a break more than I realized. In addition to aniblogging, I kind of abandoned anime itself—not completely, but mostly. Including the sports anime DAYS and All Out!!. They’d… Read More Annalyn’s Corner: Not Just a Freak! Aoyama-kun and Assumptions

Annalyn’s Corner: DAYS and the Need for… Selfishness?

Most sports anime put a lot of emphasis on teamwork. One of my favorites is Kuroko’s Basketball, and I’ve written about how Kuroko’s humble gameplay reminds me of the humble way Jesus calls us to live. But DAYS takes a different approach, as Tsukamoto’s soccer mentors encourage him to stop thinking so much about the team and… Read More Annalyn’s Corner: DAYS and the Need for… Selfishness?

Annalyn’s Corner: Mob Psycho 100 and Being Beat up for Love

It might be silly of me to write a serious post about Mob Psycho 100. After all, nothing about this show is meant to be taken seriously, right? The main character, Mob, is overpowered, but he can’t even tell that his master is a fraud. His master, Reigen, has most of the wise, moral-of-the-story lines, easily identified… Read More Annalyn’s Corner: Mob Psycho 100 and Being Beat up for Love

Between the Panels: Salvation According to Trigun

At first glance, the uncanny merging of Christianity with Trigun’s western/sci-fi antics seems as unlikely as Vash and Wolfwood’s apprehensive friendship. But the implausible combination ultimately works as irony—one that reflects the protagonist Vash’s many apparent contradictions: pacifist/gun-slinger, wanted criminal/savior, demon/angel. Try justifying those personas within a single person, and you have the enigma that… Read More Between the Panels: Salvation According to Trigun

Annalyn’s Corner: Valuing Strength that Lasts

I love how sports anime portray different strengths and weaknesses. In Haikyuu!!, for example, Hinata Shouyou enters high school volleyball majorly lacking in two areas: height and experience. People consistently underestimate him because of this, and no one would blame Hinata if he gave up—at the very least, they’d expect him to envy his taller peers. Instead,… Read More Annalyn’s Corner: Valuing Strength that Lasts

Examining Old School Anime: Humility in Approaching Scripture

I am going to briefly describe episode fourteen of Galaxy Express 999 and wonder whether any of our dear readers can guess which biblical tale it parallels after the second paragraph.  *Spoilers ahead for episode 14.*  Tetsuro and Maetel stop at a planetary system known as the Dual Planets, because the gravitational pull of one… Read More Examining Old School Anime: Humility in Approaching Scripture